What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
In terms of the code they produced, we now have an up-and-running application that meets the specifications we provided. It's incomplete since it's a massive project, but they were able to accomplish a lot in six months.
In terms of UI/UX design, we prepared over 100 slides and Espeo was able to incorporate a majority of those into the prototype before we halted the project. I’d say that’s pretty significant.
How did Espeo Software perform from a project management standpoint?
We used Slack and Google Docs to coordinate the project, and they also used their own internal Scrum application. Dominik was always on task and readily available.
There were occasional miscommunications about what would be accomplished in any given sprint. We found that certain tasks were not completed as scheduled, but they quickly addressed the issue once we pointed out the error.
What did you find most impressive about them?
This was a fairly complicated project, both in terms of the technical aspects, as well as understanding the overall vision. Espeo grasped the project quickly and was enthusiastic about the work. Their intuitiveness saved us the time of having to explain every concept.
Are there any areas they could improve?
Communication could definitely be improved. We initially tried to do weekly calls, but soon found this to be completely unproductive. They preferred to use appear.in for these remote calls, but the connection was always poor. The project team was based in Poland, so it was sometimes difficult to speak directly given the language barrier.
Do you have any advice for potential customers?
Before engaging with the development team, be sure to have your UI/UX worked out. We ended up hiring developers before they were needed, which created a lot of idle time. As long as you’re clear about where you are in the development process, Espeo will help you determine what resources are needed.